At sites where both planning and execution modules are stand-alone implementations, neither deliver enough benefit because there are almost always manual connections and processes between these two crucial supply chain management (SCM) areas. Yet, planning and execution in the supply chain are slowly but surely converging because no plan is useful if it cannot be executed.
manufacturing sop and inventory reduction
do the same for manufacturing and operational decision-making as has already been done to financial decision-making by some business intelligence (BI) applications. (See Financial Reporting, Planning, and Budgeting as Necessary Pieces of EPM ). This means leveraging a manufacturer's investment in the most important enterprise solutions (such as, BI, ERP, product lifecycle management [PLM], manufacturing executions system [MES], enterprise application integration [EAI], warehouse management system [WMS], e